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Medium Mini Steady Rest for lathes 16-20 inch
For 16-18 inch Lathe
Ron Brown's Bestž Mini Steady Rest
The capacity of this mini steady rest is 1/8" up to a full 2". You will find it useful for holding or just eliminating flex and chatter on thinner workpieces such as:
- Walking Canes
- Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks
- Pool Cues
- Stair and Rail Balusters
- Drum Sticks
- Harry Potter Type Wands
- Turning Tool Handles
- Drop Spindles for weavers
Steady Rests can be used with or without the tailstock in place when working with a scroll chuck. When working between centers, the Mini Steady Rest helps remove the inevitable chatter from a thin workpiece. Walking canes are a great example. Sizes range from 32" to 38" and when you are trying to use any chisel near the middle, chatter can make life miserable. The same holds true for thin stair rail balusters and pool cues.
When you are trying to finish the ends of these items, it is really handy to be able to remove the tailstock and get a super fine finish with sandpaper right on the lathe.
I love these steady's when I'm drilling a shop made tool handle for a bowl or spindle gouge. I start with a 1/4" hole and turn the shape while using a scroll chuck and a tapered live center in the hole. Ultimately I need to size the handle for a particular diameter steel shaft. I can hold near the end of the handle with my Ron Brown's Bestž Mini Steady Rest and drill a true hole with a Drill Chuck in the tailstock without worrying about it wandering off center. There is nothing sadder than a cockeyed spindle gouge pointing at an angle.
We offer Ron Brown's Bestž Mini Steady Rest in two sizes. The first size is for lathes from 10" to 14". The larger size fits lathes from 16" to 20". They are adjustable within their range to fit your exact lathe. When you order, let us know the swing on your lathe and we will send you the correct Mini Steady.
Ron Brown's Bestž Mini Steady Rests are made from very tough and durable HDPE with an extruded aluminum base. The bearings are double sealed ADEC 9 made for high speed (like router bits) and heavy weight. The units are shipped ready to use with nothing else to buy.